Political leadership in times of crisis: the Commission presidency of Jean-Claude Juncker

Autor(en): Toemmel, Ingeborg
Stichwörter: agenda-setting; Commission presidency; EU; EUROPEAN-COMMISSION; GOVERNANCE; Government & Law; INTEGRATION; Jean-Claude Juncker; mediative-institutional leadership; Political leadership; political presidency; Political Science
Erscheinungsdatum: 2020
Herausgeber: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Journal: WEST EUROPEAN POLITICS
Volumen: 43
Ausgabe: 5, SI
Startseite: 1141
Seitenende: 1162
Zusammenfassung: 
This article explores the leadership of Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission president, addressing two questions: to what extent did Juncker exercise political leadership and in what ways did his leadership qualify as explicitly political? Drawing on leadership theory and recent insights into political leadership in the EU, the article first conceptualises the Commission president's potential for acting as a leader - particularly a political leader. The empirical section analyses Juncker's provision of agenda-setting and mediative-institutional leadership in two phases: the first marked by an extraordinary activism and an assertive attitude in agenda-setting, but with limited successes in achieving binding decisions; the second characterised by launching proposals for deliberation and debate, embedded in longer-term visions. The article concludes that around the mid-term of his incumbency, Juncker adapted to the constraining institutional and situational context by engaging in mediative-institutional leadership and carving out a new, more political role for the Commission president.
ISSN: 01402382
DOI: 10.1080/01402382.2019.1646507

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